Writing swimsuit posts always makes me cranky

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I always dread trying to find good swimsuits to write about here, because nothing inspires self-loathing like that particular article of clothing, and it’s tough to know what’s going to look good on all of you, with your many and varied body types. But such a post has been requested a few times lately. And it is pretty much the season, so I’ll power right through the absolute mood that trying to get this together has placed me in and start with one that I just purchased for myself: this perfectly classic number from Solid & Striped.

I bought this for my trip to Miami a few months back, and adore the crochet business, but must warn that it hits very high in the rear.

One of you wrote in the comments that I do not need to point out every time something is a plus-size option, but I find it tough not to when the size of the model leaves one wondering. In any case, are these polka dots not criminally cute?

This is very 50s screen siren, and it is made with control material for a flattering fit.

The chevron pattern here is also quite flattering.

Here’s one specifically made for women with a fuller bust.

The back straps here are rather intricate and really pretty, and I love a red swimsuit.

Just a stupendously fun striped option.

From Ashley Graham’s line: I think the lace-up situation is very sexy, without really exposing much of anything.

I know this one plunges rather darlingly, but the floral is so pretty.

Another rather 50s-style cut (and here’s a very similar plus version).

I like the neckline here, and it’s a nice buy, too.

When simple things are hard

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So many of you have come to me with a seemingly simple request: an A-line denim skirt with a grown-up hemline. In other years, this hasn’t been such a tough one to pull together, but for some reason, they are in scant supply at the moment. But I do like this black APC number, which hits right above the knee. It’s almost the only true A-line I could find, which is just so annoying.

This patchwork option is pretty adorable, and I’m not always a fan of patchwork.

I like the length here, and the generous-but-not-precarious slit makes it wearable.

The exterior pockets here are quite cute.

maxi-length, something I almost never show (again, not usually a fan), but there’s something about this that seems nicely laid-back and summery to me.

A good length, and I like the button-up business.

A perfect yoga pant that doubles as a real-life pant

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One of my favorite teachers, Kate Posch at Sky Ting Yoga (aka my home away from home), mentioned that this capri pant from Outdoor Voices is as ideal for life outside the yoga studio as in, and she is right: they are super, super lightweight, comfortable as anything and amazingly flattering. (I know that it’s tough to call a pair of pants flattering and expect that to apply to everyone, but I am wide of hip and they make me look skinnier than I am.)

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Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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